Religious speaker David Wells is running his first-ever London Marathon this weekend.

He is one of 18 participants aiming to raise necessary funds and awareness for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

It is a charity committed to tackling poverty and responding to overseas humanitarian crises.

As a motivational speaker, teacher, and writer, Mr Wells has long supported CAFOD's initiatives.

He explained his decision to run the marathon, saying: "In 2005 I saw at first-hand what CAFOD is doing to improve the lives of people in Northern Nigeria.

"The people at CAFOD are working tirelessly, and they will be my main inspiration throughout the marathon."

Exmouth Journal: David Wells is running his first-ever London Marathon this weekend

Despite facing challenges in his training, Mr Wells remains motivated by his supporters, and the communities aided by CAFOD.

"On the days when I struggle, I picture all the people who have been generous with their support and funds.

"I know my fundraising can help CAFOD continue their work like the support I saw in Nigeria."

Mr Wells has set up a fundraising page to receive donations in support of his marathon run.

His association with CAFOD serves to reflect his commitment to aiding communities worldwide.

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 21.